Jim Lehrer

Newscaster
With his long-time professional partner Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer forged a unique journalistic brand during the U. S. Senate Watergate Hearings in 1974, a watershed moment in American history that led to the ... Read more »
Born: 05/19/1934 in Wichita, Kansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

Nova 1993 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer 1993 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Time to Choose: A PBS/NPR Voter's Guide 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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A Newshour Special Report: The Democrats 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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A Newshour Special Report: The Republicans 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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PBS Election 98: The National Report 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Election Year Survival Guide 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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PBS Debate Night: The Future Congress 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Character Above All 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The National Issues Convention 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Fifteen Years of MacNeil/Lehrer 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Campaign: The Last Word 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Writer (1)

The Last Debate (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Biography

With his long-time professional partner Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer forged a unique journalistic brand during the U. S. Senate Watergate Hearings in 1974, a watershed moment in American history that led to the resignation of then President Richard M. Nixon over allegations of illegal political activities sanctioned by the White House. Modest and unprepossessing in his demeanor but dogged in his pursuit of the truth, the Texas-raised, Marine Corps-hardened Lehrer helped change the shape of broadcast journalism and public television as one-half of the news reporting equation of the long-running "MacNeil-Lehrer Report" (PBS, 1976-1983) and its subsequent reincarnations as "The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour" (1983-1995) and "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" (1995-2009). Despite a reputation for reporting the facts with unsparing accuracy, Lehrer's ethical integrity earned him the trust of Washington, D.C.'s inner circles. Between 1988 and 2012, he was called upon to mediate twelve presidential debates, earning along the way the nickname The Dean of Moderators. At the time of his 2009 retirement from full time news anchoring, Jim Lehrer could claim a spotless record as a paragon of broadcast journalism, never wavering in his adherence to verifiable fact and never permitting a media event to degrade into a media circus.

Relationships

Lois Chapman

Mother
Also drove bus for husband's line

Harry Lehrer

Father
Ex-Marine and former bookkeeper for Santa Fe Trailways Founded own bus line in 1946

Kate Staples

Wife
Married June 4, 1960

EDUCATION

Victoria College

Beaumont , Texas

University of Missouri

Milestones

2012

Moderated his 12th nationally televised presidential debate, held in Denver, CO

2011

Published book about presidential debates titled Tension City

2009

Retired as host of "The News Hour with John Lehrer" after undergoing open heart surgery; appeared as correspondent for retitled "PBS News Hour"

1999

Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame

1995

Following MacNeil's retirement, headlined "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer"

1992

Wrote second memoir A Bus of My Own

1988

Began moderating televised presidential debates; earned nickname the Dean of Moderators

1988

Penned second novel Kick the Can

1983

Bumped to 60-minute format, program retitled "The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour"

1976

Program name changed to "The MacNeil-Lehrer Report" (PBS)

1975

Published first memoir We Were Dreamers

1975

Appeared as correspondent on "Robert MacNeil Report," which premiered on Thirteen/WNET New York

1973

Teamed up with Robert MacNeil to provide continuous live coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings for the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT)

1972

Moved to Washington, DC to serve as the public affairs coordinator for PBS

1968

Named city editor of the Dallas Times-Herald

1966

Wrote first novel Viva Max!; adapted by director Jerry Paris as feature film in 1969

1963

First big story, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963

1959

Wrote for The Dallas Morning News and then the Dallas Times-Herald

Joined U.S. Marine Corps

Bonus Trivia

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Lehrer was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999. Among his other achievements were the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism Medal of Honor, the William Allen White Foundation Award for Journalistic Merit, the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle, and a National Humanities Medal.

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